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Rangers Vs Rays Score Update: Kinsler, Beltre Power Early 2-1 Lead

It took only two pitches for the Texas Rangers to get a lead on the Tampa Bay Rays in a possibly decisive ALDS Game 4 that could send Texas back to the ALCS for the second straight season.

In his first career post-season start, Tampa Bay rookie Jeremy Hellickson left an 80 mph letter-high pitch over the middle of the plate and Ian Kinsler made him pay, belting a lead-off home-run over the left-field fence.

After Matt Harrison left two man on base in the bottom of the first, Adrian Beltre led off the top of the second with another home-run blast to left-field.

The Rays aren't going away, as shortstop Sean Rodriguez scored from first on a two-out Matt Joyce double in the bottom of the second. Tampa is known for their aggressive base-running, and Rodriguez beat out a nearly perfect Texas relay by bowling over Mike Napoli in a play at the plate.

There is still a lot of baseball to be played, and neither starter has looked particularly sharp so far.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.